by Kendall Fisher | Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 6:47 AM
It may be early, but some stars just got the greatest wake up call of their life!
The 2017 Oscars nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and some of the top A-list names—as well as a few newcomers—were certainly ecstatic to find out they made the list of elite actors and actresses who will be honored on Hollywood's biggest night.
While Emma Stone and Natalie Portman both got nods in the Best Actress category, Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck saw nominations for Best Actor. Other big names, including Viola Davis, Denzel Washington and Jeff Bridges also received nominations.
See how the stars reacted to the exciting news below:
Emma Stone for Best Actress in La La Land: "What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my La La Land family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together."
Ryan Gosling for Best Actor in La La Land: "I'm very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else's wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special."
Natalie Portman for Best Actress in Jackie: "I am so honored by the Academy's recognition for Jackie, and congratulate Mica Levi and Madeline on their well-deserved nominations. I couldn't be happier to share this moment with our incredible Director Pablo Larrain and the entire cast and crew who worked so hard on this film. I am also humbled to join Isabelle [Huppert], Meryl [Streep], Ruth [Negga] and Emma [Stone]—all incredibly accomplished women I admire very much. Jackie Kennedy was a study in strength, compassion, resilience and integrity and she provided hope for our country at a time when it needed it most. It was one of life's great honors to be able to portray her on film."
Sting & J.Ralph for Best Original Song for "The Empty Chair" in Jim: The James Foley Story: "It was truly an honor to be part of this documentary and celebrate James Foley's heroic spirit and selfless compassion. James was the ultimate journalist who gave his life to ensure that the unedited truth was reported to the world. We are extremely grateful to the Academy for this nomination and hope the attention brings more people to this important film."
Ruth Negga for Best Actress in Loving: "I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Loving's fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women - my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me...this means a great deal to me. "
Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress in Hidden Figures: "It's such an honor to be recognized by the Academy for this role. I'm over the moon. Pun intended."
Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in Fences: "Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!"
Mykelti Williamson on behalf of Fences for Best Picture: "Thank you to [the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] for this important and historic acknowledgement. Your global recognition of Fences and the literary legacy of the great August Wilson is an incomparable honor. Congratulations on a truly well deserved honor to my colleagues Denzel and Viola. I'm so very proud of both of you! Continued Blessings."
Viggo Mortensen for Best Actor in Captain Fantastic: "I'm thrilled that Captain Fantastic has been included among this year's Academy nominees! Our movie has heart and brains. It entertains, inspires, and encourages honest communication in equal measures. I'm extremely proud to represent Matt Ross' extraordinary story. It is one of the finest collective efforts I've ever been a part of. Yes we can!" He said, adding, "I wish my mother, who loved movies and taught me about them, was still here to enjoy this moment."
Meryl Streep for Best Actress in Florence Foster Jenkins: The highly-esteemed actress opted for the GIF above to express her excitement (and it's perfect).
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Original Song for "How Far I'll Go" from Moana: "Thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—thank you so much for this honor. I spent a good chunk of my childhood memorizing Billy Crystal's musical Oscar monologues, so this is insane. Seeing The Little Mermaid changed my life at 9-years-old, so to work with its directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana has been a dream come true. I share this humbling honor with them, my Moana songwriting partners Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina, and the entire Disney family. Congratulations to all this morning's incredible nominees. And future congratulations to the kids watching the telecast this year, singing along with their favorite songs, performing epic private concerts for the mirror with a comb or a toothbrush microphone. You're next."
Andrew Garfield for Best Actor in Hacksaw Ridge: "I am overwhelmed by my inclusion in this list of actors, for these awards that have meant SO much to me since I was a kid watching at home and fantasizing about being in that room as an Academy Award Nominee one day. It is such an honor. No combination of words can come close to describing how surreal this feels nor how grateful I am. I'm also so proud of Mel Gibson being recognized as the great filmmaker he is; Bill Mechanic and David Permut for their best picture nomination; our editor John Gilbert and our genius sound team led by Kevin O'Connell. But mostly, I'm profoundly moved that Desmond Doss is becoming a household name and the virtues of his character are being felt deeply by audiences around the world. He was a personification of humility, compassion, authenticity and love. He showed up as his true self in a world deeply wounded and in need of healing. And he brought his particular cargo to a world that was crying out for it. May we all show up as our true selves in this wounded time and do the healing we are each uniquely called to do."
Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress in Elle: "I am infinitely grateful to the Academy, it is a tremendous joy and honor for me. This film means so much to me and, with this nomination, (director) Paul Verhoeven is also rewarded. I would like to sincerely thank our French producer Saïd Ben Saïd. I am also so grateful to Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the great, great team from Sony Pictures Classics who supported the film and my work with such confidence from the beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight: "I'd like to thank the Academy for this humbling recognition. I'm so proud to have had the opportunity to contribute in some small way to both Moonlight and Hidden Figures. I'd also like to congratulate my friends, colleagues and cast mates who have been acknowledged through the nominations of both of these films. The most one can ask for in this work is to have a presence in projects that entertain and yet still hold a space to educate, inform and uplift. And for that, I am truly grateful."
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Nicole Kidman for Best Supporting Actress in Lion: "I want to thank the Academy for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film. But, most importantly, I want to thank the Brierley family for putting themselves in such a vulnerable place and sharing their story with the world. And thanks to Garth Davis for putting his heart and soul into all of us. Woo Hoo!"
Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor in Hell or High Water: "Woke up this morning in beautiful Solano Beach after playing a cool gig at the Belly Up with my band the Abiders to find out I've been nominated for my performance in Hell or High Water. What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart. I really dug playing with Gil [Birmingham], Chris [Pine] and Ben [Foster] and being directed by the talented David Mackenzie. And such a great script from Taylor [Sheridan]. Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy."
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Naomie Harris for Best Actress in Moonlight: "Moonlight is touching many hearts at a time when people are seeking compassion and connection in the world. I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing my part of this story as well as my fellow Moonlight family. It has truly been an honor to share Barry Jenkins' and Tarell McCraney's beautiful journey."
Mel Gibson for Best Director in Hacksaw Ridge: "What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor. I'm especially happy for Andrew Garfield, our producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, our editor John Gilbert and our incredible sound teams. The Academy's recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country, including Desmond Doss."
Michelle Williams for Best Supporting Actress in Manchester by the Sea: "Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey [Affleck], Lucas [Hedges] and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category."
Kenneth Lonergran for Best Directing in Manchester By the Sea: "I'm really overwhelmed. Thank you, Academy members. Thank you and congratulations, wonderful, wonderful cast, producers and crew. It's such an honor to be counted alongside our fellow nominees and all the really extraordinary movies that came out this year. We tried to make a movie about people standing by each other no matter what; thank you to everyone who let us try, and to everyone out there trying to tell the truth about what it is to be a human being."
Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor in Lion: "OK, so I just received a call to say that I've been nominated for an Academy Award...To be totally honest, the news hasn't made its way into my brain yet, but I'm looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me...Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I'm in India right now. This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo's journey was born."
He continued, "This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. Without his love, commitment and vision this Lion wouldn't have been able to roar. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team. Lion reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. "
Lucas Hedges for Best Supporting Actor in Manchester By the Sea: "I grew up in a film loving family, so the Oscars are pretty much like the Super Bowl for us. To get a call this morning saying that I'd been nominated was like a page out of a fairy tale. Truly. It's wild to have been nominated alongside some of my biggest acting heroes. I'm so grateful to have been able to do this film with Kenny [Lonergran] (to whom I attribute all of my success), Casey [Affleck], Michelle [Williams], and the amazing producers, cast and crew. This has been one of my all-time favorite mornings."
Ava DuVernay as the director for Best Documentary nominee 13th: "My thanks to the Academy for amplifying the injustices of mass criminalization and mass incarceration that we chronicle in 13th. Now more than ever, it is important to educate ourselves, explore our shared history and elevate our awareness about matters of human dignity. It's an honor be included in a category with such fine documentarians and to be nominated in a year that truly embraces and celebrates inclusion within our creative community."
Travis Knight for Best Animated film for Kubo and the Two Strings: "I'm over the moon! An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift. Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for. Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this. But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life. They inspired me to dream. That's the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with Kubo and the Two Strings."
He continued, :A film is a slice of a hundred souls. In this case many more. An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story. I'm so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we've done together. I'm profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film. It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them."
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff for Visual Effects for Kubo and the Two Strings: "As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We're thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.
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Michael Shannon for Best Supporting Actor in Nocturnal Animals: "I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom anytime, anywhere. Jake and Aaron and Karl made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak."
Many other stars took to Twitter to show their excitement, which can never really be done properly without the use of emojis.
Naomie Harris for Best Supporting Actress for Moonlight:
Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Moana's Best Animated Film nod:
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Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress in Hidden Figures:
Ava DuVernay for Best Documentary Film for 13th:
Justin Timberlake for Best Original Song for "Can't Stop the Feeling" in Trolls:
Barry Jenkins for Best Director for Moonlight:
Just turned my phone on here in Amsterdam. It's ummmmmm... yeah. Oh my. So much love, overwhelmed. Literally and figuratively— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) January 24, 2017
(This post was originally published on Tuesday, Jan, 24 at 6:47 am EST).